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Caring for Fido’s Furry Feet

Your dog’s paws are integral to his overall health and well-being. They help Fido jump to catch his favorite toy, run to the door to greet you when you come home, and carry him around as he goes about his doggy business. Taking care of your pup’s paws isn’t difficult, but it is very important! Read on for some great doggy paw care tips from a local Livonia, MI veterinarian.

Nails

Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is very important! Overgrown claws are quite uncomfortable for our canine pals. If Fido’s nails are too long, they can make it harder for him to gain traction, and can even affect his stride. Over time, they can also aggravate or contribute to bone/joint problems, such as arthritis. If you’re uneasy about clipping your furry friend’s claws, just call us to schedule a quick peticure.

Toe Fur

Does your pooch have those adorable tufts of toe fur on his feet? If so, keep these trimmed back. Otherwise, they can get tangled and gunky, which can be quite uncomfortable for Fido!

Seasonal Hazards

The changing seasons bring various hazards for pet parents to be aware of. In summer, Fido can burn his paws by walking on hot tar or sand. In winter, snow, ice, salt, sand, and de-icing agents can give your pet painful abrasions on his delicate paw pads. And in spring and fall, dogs can pick up pollen and lawn/garden chemicals on those furry feet. We recommend wiping your pup’s feet down daily with a damp cloth. You can also use a paw balm or paw wax to protect your canine pal’s sensitive paw pads.

Paws For Inspection

Check your pup’s feet regularly for signs of swelling or injury. Ticks sometimes latch on between those furry toes, so look for hitchhikers while you’re at it. You can treat minor scratches yourself with antiseptic, but contact your vet for anything more than a light nick.

Tricks!

Fido can learn some adorable tricks with his paws. Before teaching your canine buddy cute tricks, make sure he knows basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Once your pooch has mastered those, have some fun with him: teach him to Shake, Gimme Paw, or High Five!

Do you have any concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your local Livonia, MI animal clinic, today!

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